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Chinese Recipe:Watercress with Blotched snakehead Fish Soup(for 12 persons)

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Ingredient

 Dried Tangerine peel  2 pcs
 Dried Honey Dates  100g
 Sweet Apricot Kernel  70g
 Ginger  1 slice
 Water   20 cups
 Dried Octopus  2pcs (about 150g)
 Watercress  1.8kg
 Blotched Snakehead Fish  1 whole, about 900g
 Pork (lean meat)  600g
 Salt  1 tsp

method

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1. Dried Tangerine peel : 2pcs.  Soak it to soft, remove the white layer


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2.  Dried Honey Dates :100g, rinse it


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3. Sweet Apricot Kernel : 70g, rinse it


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4. pound a thick slice of Ginger, put Dried Tangerine peel,  Dried Honey Dates, Sweet Apricot Kernel, Ginger and 20 cups of Water into slow cooker. Bring water to boil.


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5. Dried Octopus: 2pcs (about 150g).  soak it to soft (at least half hour)

remove the octopus skin


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6. Watercress:1.8kg, wash the Watercress


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7. Blotched Snakehead Fish:1whole(about 900g), remove the fish scales by knife (if any)

cut it into halves, make two cuts on back  (release the flavour to soup easier), wash the fish, remove the fish blood

set it aside after wash


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8.  Pork(Lean meat) : 600g, remove the attached fat, bring water to boil with the pork together.

keep boiling for 3 mins.  after 3 mins, transfer the pork to the slow cooker


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9. add octopus to slow cooker


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10.  put the fish into boiling water, after half minute, wash the fish. remove the slime on skin

put fish into soup bag, put the soup bag into slow cooker


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11.  bring water to boil, then, put half of Watercress into boiling water (if too many Watercress, do this twice).

after 1 minute,transfer the watercress into slow cooker


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12. Too full. Keep some water for later use. Refill the water when some water is evaporated.

bring water to boil over high heat.  then, cook over slow heat for 2.5 hours


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13.  after 2.5 hours, add salt before serve (1 tsp of Salt is added here)


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**tips**

if cook the Watercress before water is boiling, the soup will taste bitter. that’s why must bring water to boil before adding Watercress

if put many watercress into a slow cooker in the same time, the slow cooker need to spend long time to bring water to boil again. Soup taste bitter

so, use boiling water to heat Watercress separately first. Then, transfer the hot Watercress into slow cooker (water in slow cooker is boiling)

by this method, slow cooker can bring water to boil again in short time. no bitter taste.


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